Renewables on Tribal Homelands: A Rosebud Sioux Tribe Renewable Energy Conference

Newly trained solar technicians from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, in partnership with Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE), the nonprofit organization Trees, Water & People (TWP), and the National Renewable Energy Labs (NREL) is hosting a special renewable energy conference at the Rosebud Casino & Hotel complex in Rosebud, South Dakota.

This event will start the evening of Wednesday, April 28th and conclude after lunch on Friday, April 30th.

The conference will focus on new and developing family and facility-scale alternative energy projects across Indian Country – including wind, solar, geothermal and straw bale housing technologies – and exciting recently-completed and in-progress projects on the Rosebud Reservation, including an update on the new Rosebud Wind Farm.

For example, the Rosebud Tribe, working with LSE, TWP, NREL and CERT created and completed the Little Thunder Clean Energy Education Partnership (CEEP) project. Members of the  CEEP team will share their experience creating a one-home demonstration of efficient, money-saving renewable energy applications – which includes a 1.3 kW solar voltaic electric system, 1.8 kW wind turbine and a solar air heating system as well as the planting of windbreak and shade trees – all on Rosie Little Thunder’s home.

Wind turbine at the Little Thunder home on the Rosebud Reservation

The Sicangu Nation Employment and Training Program (SNETP) also organized a very successful model training effort that built a three bedroom straw bale house for a family that lost their home to a fire.  They utilized 6 youth and 3 adult clients to build this unique home under the supervision of SNETP and Sicangu Wicoti Awayankapi (SWA, Housing Department).

The conference will include visits to most of these projects as well as formal presentations.

Renewables on Tribal Homelands is all about bringing renewable energy into our communities and into our homes.  The conference is open to all Tribes and individuals that are interested in renewable energy technologies, and looking to find ways to fund and get their projects started.


For more information about this event or to register, please contact John Arcoren at SNETP at (605) 747-2393,, Deana Leighton-Haukaas at the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Utility Commission at 605-747-4097,, or Liz Sunderland at Trees, Water & People at 970-484-3678,

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Trees, Water & People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to developing sustainable community-based conservation solutions.

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